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Single Organism Living In Utah Is Larger Than Dumbo

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Analysis pits two life forms against NYC neighborhoods

It’s time for a little more fun with numbers. Over the past several months, we’ve told you about some of the work the real estate/data start-up NeighborhoodX has done. While much of those analysis purported to actually be useful, the latest is pure fun. It compares two rather large, but obscure, organisms to New York City neighborhoods.

One is called the Pando in Utah. It looks like a grove of aspen trees, but it’s actually a single organism with one root system that sprouts clonal trees over a 106-acre area. While the trees live a few hundred years, the root system is estimated to be up to 80,000-years-old. How does 106 acres stack up against a New York City neighborhood? Well, according to NeighborhoodX, Dumbo covers 32 acres.

If that doesn’t do it for you, consider the other organism – the honey fungus of the Blue Mountains in Oregon, which covers 2,384 acres. That’s bigger than Astoria (2,118 acres) and bigger than the combined area of the Upper West Side and Upper East Side. It’s also bigger than Bed-Suy, Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island, and Central Park.

That concludes this episode of "Fun with Numbers." Have a nice weekend!

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